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Time is not on our side

May 2, 2010

by HEB

You know what really gets me about all this global charlie foxtrot, everybody and their brother finally getting a peek through the torn and stained gauzy curtain of pixelated credit as money, is the part time plays in it all. Really, do you realize how much precious time it takes to actually give a shit – to actually think about the rock and hard place one most likely finds himself?

One way to look at it, fossil fuels – coal, oil, etc.  and the technology they enable– are in essence a time machine propelling humans and the rest of the hapless planet faster and further into an unsustainable future. Come on, we aren’t really ready as a species to deal with all the crap we’ve uncovered, invented or, more often than not, stumbled upon. We are burning the planet’s candle at both ends – the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long – except we’re burning it an order of magnitude brighter. That’s the macro view.

On an individual level about the only thing we humans do on the same time scale as we’ve done since the dawn of the species is take a shit and gestate – and taking the shit part is up for debate since we don’t have to dig a hole or scare up something to clean ourselves with. One could argue that perhaps it evens out since the cleaning ourselves might be an optional ritual we added later and offsets not digging a hole. Then again, with all the closed rest areas – but I digress.

Think about it – if you have time – how could you do all the things you do everyday that you feel are important without technology or, alternately, a whole bunch of other people at your beck and call to do them for you? But you still have to wipe your own ass.

What does “quality time” really mean anymore? Oh sure, having the day broken up into twenty-four roughly equal parts that can be assigned to different tasks,  segments of which are assigned to significant others or offspring (or perhaps as mandated by a court) with activities deigned as quality time might be convenient but not conducive to a cohesive society. Seriously, just take a couple of seconds and just look around you.

I just love these idiots that say they don’t have enough time when in fact they have been stealing time from the future – their future, our future, the whole planets future and frankly, leaving this whole future thing seriously in doubt. In fact I am stealing some right now. Instead of writing this out on a piece of paper,  making three copies for the other three readers and then mailing it to them, taking much more present time and less of the future time, I am doing this on a computer so that you can read this, well, on your own stolen time.

With very few exceptions we as a species no longer have any real concept of time but we are obsessed with it. That and money. Pathetic really. I am through here – good thing, I need to use the rest room.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dr. Doom permalink
    May 9, 2010 16:02

    Another great post, Uncle! But then, I’m one of your biggest fans. Yes, we are obsessed with time and the enjoyment of our sensory input in the “time frame” allotted.

    And what’s up with all those closed rest stops in Arizona? Can it be true that the state is so broke they can’t even maintain some commodes? Oh, the humanity!


  2. May 9, 2010 16:26

    Hello and thank you Dr. – the post was penned by Howard. In response to your rest stop question – money – AZ has none. Now Texas on the other hand, at least on I-40, has some pretty decent facilities and IIRC, at least one with free wi-fi. How long that lasts remains to be seen.

    I wonder too if this might not result in some Rube-Goldberg-like 10th Amendment action commencing?

    Some ugly shit this way comes.

  3. Donovan permalink
    May 9, 2010 17:40

    Interesting you should mention time Howard. I was just thinking the other day about the time it takes to do things most Americans take for granted such as food production. As one who came to serious vegetable gardening in only the past few years and expanded the square footage under cultivation 400% over the course of 3 years, I can tell you, it leaves little time for American Idle. There is always something directly or indirectly involved with keeping the garden going.

    The future will not suffer wastrels, whether it be time or resources (which includes “money”), that much is certain.

  4. greenbeans permalink
    May 10, 2010 11:27

    Time spent in your garden, orchard, woodlot is truly time well spent. Meditations on all matters great and small occur. Good growing, all!

    • Donovan permalink
      May 10, 2010 11:49

      greenbeans! Good to see you. I agree 100% with that sentiment.

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